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Average Rating:     [9.31/10]   26 votes


The Stooges try to get jobs with Scotland Yard after graduating from a correspondence detective school. They wind up as "Yard Men" all right - picking up trash and pruning the hedges. But they get their chance when they find a note calling for three detectives to go to Glenheather Castle in Scotland to solve a mystery.

Remade as SCOTCHED IN SCOTLAND (1954), with stock footage.

A transcription of an unfilmed sequence, an alternate ending found in Jules White's files, is presented in The Three Stooges Journal # 128 (Winter 2008).
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Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
July 08, 1948
Production Type
Short Subject
17.4 min.
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Production Notes   (3)
Working Title(s):   SCOTLAND YARDBIRDS
Prod. No.:   4094
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1946-12-16   To: 1946-12-19

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 2.50)
Face Slaps: 10 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (7)
  • "Which would you rather have, a shoe full of dollar bills, or two socks of fives?" "I'll take the two socks!" "You got 'im!" [pow!]
    (Moe & Shemp)

  • "Meet MacLarry, MacShemp and I'm MacMoe."

  • "For I'm off to a gatherin' of the Clan!" "Oh, a clanbake, ay?"
    (Herbert Evans & Shemp)

  • "He's from southern Scotland... below the MacMason-MacDixon Line."

  • "That's 150 years old..." "With a little luck, it should get to be 250."
    (Herbert Evans & Moe)

  • "Glenheather Castle, on the Bonny Banks of Scotland... but 'tis late, and the bonny banks are closed."
    (Title card)

  • "Train leaving on Track 4, all aboard!"

Stooge Goofs   (3)
  • Falling club
    When Shemp gets nailed on the head with his "little marble" and falls up against the door, a spiked club falls off the wall, which was obviously not planned.

  • On-the-Set Fighting?
    When the Stooges see Lorna running off with the valuables, they start to run after her, but bump into the door, causing it to close shut on them. Then Moe is briefly shown shoving and screaming at the other two before the camera abruptly cuts to the next scene. It looks like this wasn't supposed to happen.

  • Reaching Problems
    When Shemp is fighting with who he thinks is Larry over the blankets, he tries to grab both the blanket and sheet together back to his side, but he accidentally ends up grabbing only the sheet at first and has to reach for the blanket again.

Stooge Routines   (2)
  • Sharing a bed with a monster
    The third Stooge thinks he's sharing a bed with Larry, but it turns out to be a villian dressed up as a monster. After fighting with the villian over the blankets, the third Stooge realizes that it's not Larry.

  • Sweeping under grass
    When the Stooges are sweeping up paper and dirt from the grass, one Stooge opens the side of the grass like it's a carpet and hides all the paper and dirt under there.
    Also used in:  SO LONG MR. CHUMPS  ·  

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Fan Reviews   (10)
Posted 2001-11-05 09:34:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-12-24 11:11:10 by Shemp_Diesel

It's a shame that the fright takes slow this short down, because the opening minutes, the yard cleaning scenes, & the boys being interviewed by the Earl are outstanding work. Shemp especially is great popping of a stream of one-liners. Once they leave the Earl's office though, the short lags until the funny fast motion fight scene towards the end.

7 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Posted 2001-08-16 13:03:00 by shemp.howard
Edited 2006-03-26 14:31:58 by shemps#1
Where on Earth could I even begin to profess my love for this superior Shemp short? If it's not my favorite, then it's damn near close! Gags run at rapid fire pace, starting with the "two socks" bit all the way to the "you look better with it on" bit. Shemp is great here as always and Larry gets some hilarious screentime by himself as does Moe with his Scottish dance. Excellent in every way. Four pokes!
Posted 2001-09-28 23:23:00 by Moeth
Edited 2006-03-26 14:30:47 by shemps#1
GREAT EPISODE!!! That whole scene in the earls office is great!! That whole MC thing and Lorna Doone is great. I love the shavin mug, where shemp thinks briefly that the skull is his uncle. It is a great Shemp short, I'd rate very high. Edited by - Moeth on 9/28/2001 11:26:41 PM

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2005-08-21 22:07:43 by Curlington
Edited 2006-03-26 14:28:03 by shemps#1

This is one of my all time favorite Shemp shorts. I'm sure that you all caught Shemp taking a drag from a cigarette. That was the only time I ever saw a Stooge smoke. I also liked the remake when the Skeleton says, "How ye fixed for blades? Ya better look." LOL!

Posted 2001-08-16 14:04:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-25 04:37:00 by Stooge
Great short. This has a great plot with a lot of funny gags and scenes. The Stooges fake scottish accents, and Moe's dancing to the bagpipe music are the funniest parts. I also love the castle set used in this one.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2001-08-28 09:37:00 by Genius In the Lamp
This is one of the funniest during the Shemp era. The boys are at the top of their game with both their physical and verbal interplay. I didn't miss the slacker and the dog at all. Why did they speed up the voices during the scene when they fight the bad guys? As always, Christine looks great and strikes a wonderful balance between angel and devil in her role.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2001-08-22 01:28:00 by [Deleted Member]
Aye, Stooge. 'tis a rhumba with kilts!Whatta great short- and one of Shemp's very best. Christine is better looking here than in most other Stooge shorts because her hair is all down and she looks cute in the Scottish outfit. I wonder if that sheik costume was the same one used in "Three Arabian Nuts" (I only remember one sheik in that short for sure).ISLIPP-©2001
Posted 2001-04-25 03:17:00 by Mike Holme
Good short, but there are a few slow parts like the part in which Moe and Shemp were downstairs. The remake is a little better, but not much. The highlight of this short for me is the "two socks of five" gag.Rating: 87%(B+)Edited by - Mike Holme on 8/28/01 3:46:29 AM
Posted 2001-03-22 22:01:00 by NicktoBarada
I haven't seen this one in a while, but from what I remember, it's a definate 4-poker. Love the "Lorna Doone" joke (I use it all the time when we encounter Lorna Doone cookies or whatnot.) You're right, Cathy, Shemp leaves himself WIDE open for abuse! That's what makes it so funny. I'm from below the McMason McDixon Line, by the way (McMaryland, that is) :0)
Posted 2001-03-02 06:38:00 by sickdrjoe
Just watched this yet again and I'm upping my rating to four pokes. The Scottish-castle scenes aren't as good as the opener at Scotland Yard, but how could they be? The first few minutes of HOT SCOTS is as good as it gets, Stooge-wise. Moe punishing Shemp with the garden-shears is excruciating!! I'll take the two socks...

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